Arbor Youth Services offers shelter to 18-24 year olds
LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) – What a difference 19 days makes. On September 13, LEX 18 reported on the latest expansion of Arbor Youth Services and their critical October 1 deadline. Just in time, they cut the ribbon for their new space.
“Over the last few days we’ve had people renovating the floors, fixing holes in the walls, painting,” said Andrew Shayde, director of development for the association.
Lexington officer Ryan Holland was instrumental in the process. He coordinated renovations and helped raise donations from people and businesses like Ashley Home Store, which donated brand new beds.
Officer Holland said: “I never really gave up hope that the right people would come forward because they always do because of the great people we have in our community.”
With the new 14 bed house, Arbor Youth Services can now provide a place for homeless young adults to sleep for the first time. So far, they have only been able to refer them to an adult shelter.
“Being able to fill this gap in services that has always existed is just huge,” said Executive Director Lori Clemons.
The new home is more than just a place to sleep; it is also a place to shower, do laundry and above all to feel safe.
Andrew Shayde said: “Adult shelters can be very scary at 18, so now they have a safe place to go with only people in their age range. It does amazing things for their self-esteem and their Mental Health.”
The work on the historic house is far from over. The exterior still needs thousands of dollars in repairs to keep it standing for decades to come. The work that this team believes is worth it.
“This facility will help hundreds of children for years to come,” Constable Holland said.
“After such a difficult year and a half, this is a day of celebration and relief for all of us,” added Clemons.
To help Arbor Youth Services continue their renovations and mission, visit https://arborky.org/donate/.